New owner, new member, weird performance question.
New member here, you can call me Neo for short. Pleased to be here.
I just upgraded from a Ninja 500 '06 to a Versys 1000 '17 This spring. I am loving the bike, and wanted to get some input on the only thing I cannot quite figure out myself.
Long story short, I am not sure I understand where my optimal acceleration power is when I am at highway speeds. The bike is a 2017 1000 model, factory new at time of purchase (0 Mi), all stock, and I've ridden it for 1000 miles now.
Lets say, I am in F1 mode, on the highway, 5th gear, and have reached 85-90mph, 6500rpm or so. If I try to accelerate further I get no little to no throttle response. The bike actually starts losing speed in some cases. Up to that point in RPM/MPH is any gear it works pretty much as I would expect it to. 6th gear is even worse, there seems to be no acceleration possible in 6th at any RPM/MPH.
I have come to understand that 6th is best used as a crusing gear, which means that this behavior may be as intended?
I've tried this in F0 mode too, same thing, so I don't think its the KTRC.
My gut is telling me that I don't understand the optimal RPM to gear usage and that I need to be at higher RPM to get the performance I think I should be getting. This is probably because I am still used to the performance of the Ninja 500 and only have that as a point of reference for my expectations.
I've tested running up the rpm and speed in 4th and had an easier time with getting above 90.
I am not trying to race this bike or anything. My main desire is to gain a solid understanding of what to expect the bike to be able to do, and what it's limits are.
The reason this worries me is because I feel that I should always have the quick response from the throttle to accelerate out of any sudden unexpected situations, and if the throttle doesn't deliver on demand, that can put me into a pinch.
Anything thoughts or opinions on how to get the most out of the bike would be appreciated.